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Patrick Russell

Patrick heads the non-fiction team at the BFI National Archive, where he has worked since 2000 and has led several major archival projects drawing on the British tradition of documentary and non-fiction filmmaking.

Patrick’s curatorial specialism is the history of industrial and sponsored film, and their equivalents in today’s contemporary corporate media. Among the archive’s rich holdings in this field, he cites as his favourite the film and video collection of the National Coal Board.

He co-edited the books Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post-war Britain (2010) and The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (2004) and is the author of 100 British Documentaries (2007) and several chapters in edited collections.

Patrick can be contacted at: patrick.russell@bfi.org.uk.

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    Wolfgang Suschitzky obituary: a cameraperson of the world

    Patrick Russell commemorates the photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who has died aged 104, and we republish a centenary tribute and list of 19 of his finest film accomplishments.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    Obituaries

  • This Is Colour: the restoration of an early Technicolor gem

    Curator Patrick Russell talks us through the pleasures of the 1942 film This Is Colour, shot by legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff and now newly restored to its original, beautiful colours.

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Features

  • Remembering John Krish (1923-2016)

    Our tributes to the great British filmmaker John Krish, who has died aged 92.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Features

  • EVCOM Screen Awards 2016

    Dubbed the Oscars of specialist video, the EVCOM Screen Awards this year recognised more than a hundred projects commissioned across the corporate and charity sectors. 

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    Features

  • The films that built Out of the Rubble

    A guide to the archive films that feature in Penny Woolcock’s new documentary Out of the Rubble, which premiered on Film4 and is available online on BFI Player.

    Monday, February 8, 2016

    Features

  • Anthony Simmons (1922–2016)

    Curator Patrick Russell pays tribute to the late British director Anthony Simmons, best known for his features The Optimists of Nine Elms and Black Joy but with an equally rich background in documentary.

    Friday, January 29, 2016

    Features

  • Shooting the message #22: Buddy Films

    Riding the crest of a growing market for branded video content online, this Twickenham-based production company’s clients have included Google, Jaguar and the Football Association.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    Features

  • Waverley Steps: a day in Edinburgh

    Curator Patrick Russell is intrigued by the abiding romantic power of Waverley Steps, a 1948 evocation of the Scottish capital.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Features

  • Shooting the message #21: Armoury London

    Meet Armoury London, a startup production company with a vast roster of brand films and commercials for clients including Reebok, Grey Goose vodka and Battersea Dogs Home.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    Features

  • Shooting the message #20: Video Arts

    The inside scoop on communications film legend Video Arts, founded by Anthony Jay and John Cleese 40 years ago.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Features

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